Hello. I have came to this site often for ideas, but this is my first time posting. After 2 years of teaching for a local corporation I find myself in a terrible situation and I am wondering if my teaching career is over before it really began. During my 2 years with the local school corp I was hit with some serious health problems. My first year I went over my sick days, but I had doctors statements for any day over my limit. I was told by my union rep that that should make it ok since I was having a legitimate health issue. I was still put on an improvement plan which was understandable. The following year my health problems had actually worsened. I was also switched to a different school and now working for a principal that was far less understanding. He actually made my year worse and more stressful which led to my health being even worse. I spent way more time and money at the doctor than I ever wanted, but they were having a hard time figuring out what exactly was wrong. I once again went over my days, but still had statements from the doctor for each day I was out. The principal seemed determined to get rid of me and the corp were looking for ways to trim the budget. At the end of the year my principal came to me and said the he was recommending that my contract not be renewed. I got in touch with the union president and did all I could to fight for my job, but in the end they were not willing to keep me. I was advised to resign and did so. It really was just a case of bad timing for my health. I feel that I am a good teacher and I worked extremely hard both years I was with this corp. My students really liked me and their test scores improved while I was their teacher. I am now having a hard time finding another teaching job. I live in Indiana and teaching jobs are so hard to come by right now. I have had 2 interviews, but I did not get the jobs. I know that the last principal I worked for is telling people that I have attendance issues. The problem is that that corp is the only corp I have worked for so there is no one else for potential employers to call. Attendance was not an issue at my other jobs before teaching. I held one job for 3 years and left to begin school and I held my other job for 7 years and left to begin my teaching career. I feel like my teaching career is ruined because of my terrible first 2 years of teaching. Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to possibly get my career back on track? I have not ever had to be a substitute, but I am willing to do that if it will help me get my foot in the door somewhere. I am even willing to go back and sub for that corp if it will help to restore my nae within the corp. I just keep applying for any and every opening I see within about 45 miles. I am just afraid that my poor health will scare off potential employers. I have since gotten my health problems taken care of and they are no longer a problem at all. So any advice would be greatly appreciated. I really do want to teach and I feel that I am a good teacher. I am open to any suggestions that might help me get my teaching career back on track. I hate to think that it is ruined before it got started.